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2:17 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

UNH To Put $54 Million Toward Buildings And Pool

Hamilton Smith Hall
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  The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus. 

$37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards. 

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2:05 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Portsmouth Begins $50,000 Digital 3-D Downtown Modeling Project

Jared Foley of Kittery's Tanagram 3DS takes a photo of the Portsmouth Athenaeum.
Credit Emily Corwin

  Conflict between commercial growth and historic preservation is a constant in Portsmouth, where city meetings over building heights often run late into the night. Now, city leaders hope a new 3-D model of downtown Portsmouth will bring context to the conversation.

Portsmouth is paying the Kittery archetectural rendering firm Tanegram 3DS $50,000 to create this interactive map, which Portsmouth principal planner Nick Cracknell says will be used by land use and zoning boards.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

12-12 Senate Deadlock Preserves Death Penalty

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Michael Briggs, the Manchester Police officer shot in the line of duty in 2006, and his killer, Michael Addison, who now sits on death row, both loomed large in the debate.

An indication of how large could be seen in the front row of the senate gallery.

That’s where Manchester police officials, including the chief and he lead investigator of the Briggs muder stood in full uniform the whole time. 15 feet down in the senate floor Michael Briggs name came up almost immediately – by people on both sides of the issue.

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3:07 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

N.H. Senate Refuses To Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

 

New Hampshire's Senate has refused to consider a House bill that would have decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

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2:23 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

White Whiskey The Specialty For Nashua's First Distillery

Andy Harthcock pours a sample of Beat 3, the distillery's white whiskey.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

There are plenty of breweries popping up all across New Hampshire, but a husband and wife recently opened Nashua’s first distillery.

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2:22 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Belmont Students Aim To Change 'Red Raider' Mascot

Belmont High School's "Red Raider" logo, as it appears on the school's website.

Three Belmont High School students are taking on an issue few adults would tackle these days.

Student Council members Andre Bragg, Taylor Becker and Ashley Fenimore led a forum Wednesday night where they asked the community to consider whether the school’s mascot – “Red Raider” – was offensive to Native Americans.

The issue came up recently in a Social Studies class and the Council thought the question was significant enough to begin a public dialog.

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12:53 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban Clears N.H. Senate

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Senate lawmakers have passed a bill that would ban the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

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11:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

N.H. Senate Votes To Leave Death Penalty Intact

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New Hampshire's Senate has voted to leave intact the state's centuries-old death penalty.

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11:33 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Death Penalty Repeal To Be Decided By N.H. Senate

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An intense campaign to repeal New Hampshire's death penalty comes down to the wire with a vote by the full Senate.

The House last month voted in favor of repeal 225-104. Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would sign the measure into law.

Those on both sides of the issue say Thursday's vote is too close to call in the Republican-controlled Senate.

This marks the closest the state has come to repealing its centuries-old death penalty since 2000 — when the bill passed both chambers but was vetoed by then Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat.

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8:55 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Spring Skiing In Tuckerman Is Best It's Been In Decades

A racer on the headwall in 1934 American Inferno, a race from the top of Mt. Washington to bottom passing through the ravine.
New England Ski Museum

It’s a given: on spring weekends, if there’s good weather forecast, by 7 am the Tuckerman’s Ravine parking lot will be overflowing with hundreds of cars.

Tuckerman’s is one of the most storied backcountry ski slopes in the country, and every spring thousands of skiers brave avalanches and ice-falls to test themselves against the steep slope. On a crowded day, there are estimates that as many as 3,000 people make the trek up to the bowl.

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NH News
5:49 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Havenstein Says He's Ready (And Eligible) To Run For Governor

Credit Josh Rogers / NHPR

N.H. Republicans have a new candidate for Governor, former defense contractor Walt Havenstein, of Alton.

Havenstein launched his campaign in Concord.

He offered a forceful denial to claims that he is ineligible to run due to a time he listed Maryland as his primary residence on tax documents.

"This is my home and has been for 15 years. This is my domicile, which it the criteria to run and serve as Governor."

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4:42 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Groton Wind And State Reach Agreement On Turbine Fire Safety

Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

A 24 turbine wind-farm in Groton has reached a settlement with the state Fire Marshal in a dispute over fire codes.

The office of the fire marshal says once the snow has melted and the ground is dry, Iberdrola has agreed it will shut down any wind turbines that don’t have fire suppression already installed. If the Spanish wind-farm developer doesn’t want to shut it’s windmills down, it has the option of paying to set up a 24/7 fire watch on each unprotected turbine.

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5:11 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Joint House Committee OKs 4.2 Cent Gas Tax Hike

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A joint House committee has approved the first increase to the state’s gas tax in more than two decades.

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2:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Falls In March

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New Hampshire’s jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in March.  It now stands at four-and-a-half percent, well below the national rate, according to numbers released by the state’s Employment Security Department.  

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1:21 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Amid Opioid Crisis, Lawmakers Will Consider Banning A New Painkiller

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State lawmakers are wading into the debate over the controversial new painkiller Zohydro.

A Senate committee will take up legislation Tuesday that would impose an 18-month moratorium on the new drug, an especially potent formulation of hydrocodone.

Zohydro hit the market in March and is aimed at patients who need long-term, around-the-clock pain relief. It differs from other hydrocodone-based medications, such as Vicodin, because it isn’t combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

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